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Arts Integration Team

Meet our Arts Integration Team (AIT)

Meg Boerner Music Specialist and Band Teacher Artspace Charter School
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Meg holds a BSE in Music Education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania.  She was ArtSpace Charter School’s Teacher of the Year 2014-2015, as well as Mountain Xpress Best Of Winner: 2nd Best Music Teacher (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and tied for 1st in 2018). Meg has been a part of the ArtSpace family since 2013.  Meg has recently submitted her work for National Board Teacher Certification. In addition to K-5 general music classes, Meg serves as the director of the choral and instrumental ensembles and has taught private lessons through the AfterCare program.  Meg has experience working in the field of behavioral health, and with children who are visually impaired.  She has been an Assistant Coach with Girls on the Run for the past four years. Meg also volunteers in the community through the Girls Rock! Asheville non-profit. Meg enjoys running, yoga, and exploring Asheville’s restaurants and live music!

Beth Lexa Theatre Arts Specialist Artspace Charter School

Beth holds a B.S. in Theatre Arts from Towson University and an M.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is also licensed in Theatre Arts, Middle Grades Language Arts, and Special Education.

Ms. Beth began her career as an intern at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in the education department. She then served as a Teach for America corps member teaching in South Louisiana for two years.  Beth then worked as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools with the non-for-profit, Reading in Motion. After moving to western North Carolina, Beth taught theatre arts at East McDowell Junior High. Beth joined the ArtSpace Faculty in 2008.  She enjoys books, movies, yoga, and chocolate!

Steve Lipe Instructional Technology Specialist Artspace Charter School

Since its inception in 1999, Steve has been associated with ArtSpace Charter School.  He wrote the school’s first state technology plan as the school’s charter was being finalized. After 10 years in traditional schools, serving as a 4th and 5th grade teacher, technology specialist and media coordinator, Steve joined the original ArtSpace staff as a 5th grade teacher, which he did for 5 ½ years, before transferring into the technology program.


Steve holds a B.S. in Recreational Resources Administration from NC State University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and an M.L.S. from Appalachian State University. He completed his teaching certification at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. With over 25 years of experience, he holds North Carolina professional licensure in K-6 General Education, K-12 Computer Science, and K-12 Media Library Science. In addition, Mr. Lipe is a North Carolina A+ Fellow, and has presented integrated technology workshops at regional, state and national conferences. His personal interests include reading, traveling, camping, and history. His daughter, Alex, is attending college at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, and his wife, Roberta, is a co-founder of ArtSpace Charter School, and an art teacher at Vance Elementary in the Asheville City Schools, where she was chosen as the 2015 Vance Elementary Teacher of the year.


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Jocelyn Reese Visual Arts Specialist Artspace Charter School
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Jocelyn has worked in arts education, arts programming and school administration for over 15 years. Her job experiences vary from LEAF Schools & Streets Director, Assistant Principal for Asheville City Schools, and Art Teacher for Chicago Public Schools.  Jocelyn holds a BA in Art/Art History from DePaul University, a MAT in Interdisciplinary Arts Education from Columbia College Chicago and a MSA in School Administration from Western Carolina. She was a NC Principal Fellow and has done extensive training in school management, strategic planning and positive behavior support.  She is NC licensed in K-12 Art Education as well as School Administration.  Her love for teaching art and inspiring youth brings her back to the classroom.

In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys drawing and painting and creating site specific installations.  She also co-produces the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival with her husband each January.  This 4 day performing arts festival highlights new and emerging interdisciplinary performances from both local and imported artists for culturally adventurous audiences.

Waterfall Wise Dance Specialist Artspace Charter School
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Michael Barfield Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant Artspace Charter School
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Michael holds a B.S.Ed. in Physical Education from Western Carolina University and is also licensed to teach Special Education. He was born in Georgia and raised in Canton, North Carolina. Before coming to ArtSpace, Michael taught at North Buncombe Elementary for 2 years in an intensive intervention classroom for students with significant disabilities.  He enjoys going to church, fishing, and playing disc golf, basketball, and softball.